Sacroiliac Joint Injection

What is a sacroiliac joint injection?

The joint where the pelvis and spine join is called the sacroiliac joint. A sacroiliac joint injection is used to alleviate pain arising from the joint. The sacroiliac joint is very superficial and can be easily felt in most people.

How is a sacroiliac joint injection performed?

To perform a sacroiliac joint block, the doctor places a small needle through the skin and into the joint, injecting medication. The injection includes a combination of a steroid and an anesthetic that reduce inflammation and pain.

How long will the procedure take?

Allow yourself an hour to be prepared for the procedure. The actual procedure will take about 15 to 30 minutes. After the procedure you will recover for 30 minutes to an hour before going home.

What is the recovery like?

You can generally return to your normal activities by the next day. You can shower the same day as the procedure.

The 4 Pillars of Treating Chronic Spinal Pain

George Rappard MD discusses the 4 key pillars of spine care. The 4 pillars are physical therapy and chiropractic care tailored to your condition, appropriate selection of medical therapy, pain injections targeting your specific pain source and, as a last result, minimally invasive motion and stability preserving spinal surgery performed as an outpatient procedure. Through effective use of the first 3 pillars only about 5% of our patients need to go on to have back surgery or neck surgery.

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